Virtual Event Report: RFID in the Food Chain

By Rich Handley

View the PDFs and recordings from RFID Journal's recent online event.

On Oct. 29, 2020, RFID Journal hosted a virtual event titled "RFID in the Food Chain," sponsored by  Avery Dennison and  Zebra Technologies. This online event was designed to educate growers, food distributors and food product manufacturers, as well as systems integrators and other implementers, regarding the benefits of using radio frequency identification technologies to track the location and monitor the temperature of food and beverages moving through the supply chain.

The speakers discussed the current state of RFID and explained how an organization can deploy the technology to achieve benefits. Attendees gained an understanding of the various applications of RFID in the food industry, including supply chain management, temperature monitoring and food safety management.

Links to archived recording of the session presentations are presented below, along with PDFs of the slides used in those presentations. The presenters own the copyright to these materials, which are being offered only for personal reference and should not be reused without permission. Please note that you need to be a Registered User or Premium Member of RFID Journal, as you will be prompted to enter your e-mail address and password before viewing the recording and PDF. Registration is free.

The Foundational Future of Food: Supply Chain Digitization
When every physical product has a digital identity that connects the "who, what and where" at every step of the supply chain, restaurants, grocers and brands can easily share accurate data with providers, distributors and customers. From source to store in the post-COVID-19 world, the food industry is facing increasing pressure to be faster, more transparent and more productive. This session explored the latest trends in food retail and some of the ways in which grocers and restaurants are using RFID technologies to improve their visibility and efficiency, and to ultimately reduce waste.
Speaker: Julie Vargas, director of global RFID market development for food and intelligent labels, Avery Dennison
Recording | Presentation withheld

Wendy's Improves Traceability With RFID
Wendy's Quality Supply Chain Co-op (QSCC) conducted an in-store RFID pilot at an Ohio restaurant. By placing RFID tags on products delivered to the restaurant, the store was able to quickly perform cycle counts. In addition to traceability benefits, the restaurant also realized operational benefits, which this session's speaker discussed.
Speaker: Dan Bromberg, senior manager for distribution support and traceability, QSCC
Recording | Presentation

The Impact of Digitizing Your Inventory
From improving accuracy and speed to reducing costs and food waste, digitizing a company's inventory can have a positive impact on the bottom line. This session outlined how to meet the challenge of high customer expectations and improve operational efficiencies by leveraging RFID , as well as the technology's growing role in the food supply chain.
Speaker: Susan Flake, director of RFID business development, Zebra Technologies
Recording | Presentation withheld

FDA Blueprint and FSMA 204: Win-Win for Profitability, Transparency and Consumer Safety
AIM North America's Food Supply Chain Work Group discussed the FDA's initiatives for the New Era of Smarter Food Safety and how they drive business process improvements. The presenters examined the difference between inventory visibility and traceability; the FDA Blueprint for Smarter Food Safety; the business benefits of traceability; how standards enable business processes by lowering the cost of adoption and removing barriers; and how to build a common language and explore the digital-to-physical connection.
Speakers: 
Jeanne Duckett, manager of technology development and printer research, Avery Dennison; Julie McGill, VP of supply chain strategy and insights, FoodLogiQ
Recording | Presentation

IoT Intelligence Ensures Product Quality, Improves Supply Chain Efficiency for Bega Cheese
Australia's Swinburne University of Technology has a number of IoT-based pilots aimed at improving products quality, as well as making supply chains and operations more efficient. These projects include the testing of sensor-based technology and the data it can provide, along with analytics, alerting and other intelligence extrapolated from that data. This session explained how Bega Cheese is using a solution developed by Swinburne University of Technology and Software AG to track the quality of milk produced at dairy farms throughout the State of Victoria. The presenter shared how the solution provides full traceability and visibility of the milk from farm to processing, and how it enhances supply chain productivity and competitiveness.
Speaker: Dimitrio Georgakopoulos, Internet of Things Lab director and Industry 4.0 Program leader, Manufacturing Futures Research Institute, Swinburne University of Technology
Recording | Presentation

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